A special meeting of the traffic forum in Kilkenny heard a presentation proposing further changes to the lay out of High Street in particular, making it more pedestrian friendly and a proposal for the controversial one-way system to return.
Presenting to the forum was James Nix, who co-ordinates transport and planning policy for the Irish Environmental Network, where he works on behalf of its 33 member organisations. Mr Nix’s presentation cited works done in Ennis and Killarney but in particular Limerick where the pedestrian environement has been remoddled with wider footpaths, surface treatment, selective pedestrianisation, street furniture, lighting and planting.
Mr Nix’s presentation also included findings which showed that 72% of shoppers were more inclined to visit presmies on improved streets, and 60% of traders felt improvements helped to support their business.
He also stressed that pedestrian friendly steets show an increase in trade.
The presentation included images showing the present scene of High Street and the proposed changes which involve wider footpaths and a one-way system.